It was a subtle move to give a big spark.
Early in the second half Friday, Izzy Luebbert moved from center-mid to the outside. It was a decision made to boost the Helias offense in what was a scoreless contest against the Borgia Lady Knights at the Crusader Athletic Complex.
It paid off.
"Izzy was great at sliding balls through there for 15-20 minutes," Lady Crusaders coach Jay Hebenheimer said after Helias topped Borgia 1-0 in the Helias Shootout. "If we can get a better touch on some of those, the final score might have been a little different. But it was a good 1-0 win."
On the play, Luebbert dribbled down the right side of the field to nearly the end line before centering a pass across the Borgia net. Caroline McCurren was there to line the ball into the back of the net with a little less than 17 minutes left in the second half.
"That was a great service," Hebenheimer said. "Some of the more inexperienced players will slide it right into the keeper and it's an easy pickup. But Izzy knows she needs to cut it back toward the field a little bit more and fortunately we got something out of it."
The Lady Crusaders started the contest with a different lineup.
"We had a group of the younger girls out there and they performed absolutely above and beyond expectations," Hebenheimer said.
Helias did a good job of possessing the ball in Friday's contest, but just couldn't turn that into a goal for more than 60 minutes.
"I think we controlled the ball well," Hebenheimer said. "It's just that we're taking the wrong opportunities in the final third instead of the right ones a lot of the time. That's what is costing us right now."
Kaitlyn Buker got the shutout in goal for Helias. It was her fifth of the season.
"She had to make a couple of big decisions and she's really picking up her game," Hebenheimer said. "She's really starting to fire on all cylinders."
Borgia is now 5-6 on the season.
Helias (6-3) will face St. James Academy from Lenexa, Kan., at 4 p.m. today in the Shootout.